The Seattle Public Library

About The Seattle Public Library

The Seattle Public Library’s mission is to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We view Seattle as a city where imagination and opportunity continue to thrive. Since 1891, we have grown from a single reading room in Pioneer Square to a world-class library system with 27 locations.

The Library works every day to foster and support a healthy city and a healthy democracy. We do this work guided by the principles of intellectual freedom, literacy and the love of learning, racial equity, privacy and confidentiality, respect for the community, strong partnerships and innovation. We are an active and committed partner in the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative.

Library employees are highly regarded by the public for their knowledge, quality of service and caring. As a workplace, we value respectful and transparent communication, partnership and engagement. We are enriched individually and organizationally because of our diversity and growth mindset. We take time to recognize and celebrate the achievements of others.


Children's Services LIbrarian

November 2017 Seattle, WA
“I like the programs working with children, the working with the collection (cleaning up an old one while cultivating a new one), and creating new partnerships.”

Library Assistant

August 2018 Seattle, WA
“Get to visit all the different branches of the Seattle Public Library system. Flexible hours.”
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